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Painting for Compassion at Urban Roots Teaching Farm Delivers Messages of Hope

On Saturday, the community is invited to come together for a special art project at the Urban Roots Teaching Farm, Painting For Compassion that is spreading positive messages of support and hope to the community while offering information and resources about suicide prevention.

https://www.facebook.com/events/529836437778223/ - Photo credit: Urban Roots
Painting for Compassion – Photo credit: Urban Roots

This event grew from a child’s question. Caroline Moassessi of Gratefulfoodie.com‘s teenage daughter came home one afternoon and told her mom that a friend was struggling, and she wanted to know what to say when someone is dealing with thoughts about suicide and other mental health issues. She asked her mom: How do we help? What do we do?

It’s a tough question that is often not talked about, but almost all of us have been touched by suicide and its lasting effects. And let’s face it, suicide is not easy to talk about with adults, much less children.

Caroline realized that kids here in Reno and Washoe County needed the tools to not only know how to respond but also needed to learn how to listen and be compassionate with their friends and their families. So over lunch with local media maven Connie Wray-Gaudard, from Reno‘s FUN 100.9 and The Next Stage, the ladies come up with an idea. Why not bring people together to not only learn about suicide prevention resources available for children, adults, and families but also share messages of support and hope for the community. They called Fayth Ross at Urban Roots. Could they hold the event at the Urban Roots Teaching Farm?

UR Resized_20191022_164745Fayth loved the idea of kids supporting the community with messages of hope while being able to teach them about the emotional benefits of being outside and gardening. You know who else loved the idea, Grant Denton from Think Kindness. On Saturday, he’ll be telling families how a simple act of kindness, like that painted rock, can be lifechanging. And more community groups will be on hand to help kids, families and even veterans learn about how spreading kindness and compassion is an important key to suicide prevention.

The free event will be from 10 am to 12 pm on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at the farm’s Second Street location. Attendees will be able to select two rocks and then get to work painting encouraging and kind messages on them.

  • The first completed rock will remain at the Urban Rock Teaching Farm where visiting children from Washoe County School District field trips, home school sessions or weekly camps held throughout the year can play and learn among this community gallery of supportive and hopeful messages.
  • That second rock can be placed around town at the discretion of the painter as a sharable reminder of hope.

UR IMG_36971Join Connie, Caroline, Fayth and their friends from Think Kindness, the Crisis Support Center of Northern Nevada, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office, the Nevada Children’s Mobile Crisis Response Team, and local media expert and suicide prevention advocate Tiffany East to learn how we can support those children and adults in our community struggling with feelings of hopelessness.

While the event is free, please RSVP on the Painting for Compassion Facebook page.

Painting for Compassion will be at the Urban Roots Teaching Farm in partnership with Renown Health located at 1700 E. Second St., Reno NV 89502, behind Renown Health. Free street parking is available




About Shelle Murach

Shelle Murach
Shelle Murach has been an Aunt since 1985. She specializes in saying things like, “Should that child be doing that to her brother?” “Where did that juice box go?” "Can Aunt Shelle have some of your Cheez-its?” She is an expert at attending dance recitals, soccer games and ice skating competitions all while clapping or cheering at the appropriate moments.While she is very good at passing out cake at birthday parties, due to an unfortunate incident with a stick, her husband has made her promise to never again help with piñatas. Something about lawsuits and personal injury nonsense. She precariously balances being a full-time Aunt with a career in PR and has found that many of her client management skills can also be used on her various nieces and nephews. She is very excited to be part of Reno Mom’s Blog where she will focus on the Reno food and events scene, booster seats and face paint are optional. You can check out her blog at Care & Feeding in Reno, where she desperately needs to post some new stories and recipes. Trust me, she knows, it is on the list.

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